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The Nordic region - a step closer to gender balance in research?

Joint Nordic strategies and measures to promote gender balance among researchers in academia

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Nearly 80 per cent of all professors in the Nordic region are men. Gender balance in academia is therefore an important research policy issue. Hitherto it has been scarcely debated on a joint Nordic level. This report shows the status and the development in the field. The report gives examples of successful practices and highlights research policy challenges that are important to analyse in a gender and equality perspective. Given the lack of comparative investigations and research on the gender balance in academia in the Nordic region, there is a need to develop Nordic cooperation in this field. The report concludes with a number of recommendations in order to consolidate the issue of gender balance in academia as a joint policy- and research field in the Nordic region.

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Summary

Gender balance in academia is an important research policy issue internationally, which until now has not been addressed or debated at the pan- Nordic level. This report attempts to bring this issue to the forefront by comparing developments on gender equality legislation, statistics and policy in the Nordic countries. The report gives examples of successful instruments and measures that have improved the gender balance in academia in these countries. It presents some relevant research policy issues and challenges in the Nordic region that are important to analyse in a gender and gender equality context.

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